But these three constellations are also rich in 2nd-magnitude stars (six of them if you include Beta (p) Tauri that completes the pentagon pattern of Auriga) and bristling with bright open clusters: the Perseus Double Cluster; the Alpha Persei Cluster; M34 in Perseus; M36, M37, and M38 in Auriga; and M35 in Gemini.
And it's worth spending some time viewing the star rich area around Mirphak (Alpha Per), which is also an open cluster--sometimes referred to as the Alpha Persei Group, and also catalogued as Melotte 20.
Mr Griffiths and his team caught the comet with a Canon EOS 350D digital camera, but say it can be spotted using a pair of binoculars if people look to the north east below the W-shaped constellation of Cassiopeia, close to the bright star Alpha Persei.
Binoculars convert the dim naked-eye stars around Alpha (a) Persei into a bright, sprawling array: the Alpha Persei Association, a swarm of moderately young stars that were born together and are now drifting apart.
They include the prominent naked-eye patches of M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy), the Double Cluster of Perseus, and the Alpha Persei Cluster --plus the more challenging naked-eye deep-sky objects M34 (open star cluster in Perseus), NGC 752 (open star cluster in Andromeda), and M15 (globular star cluster in Pegasus).